Repurposed Pallet Coffee Cup Rack
I seriously can’t remember when I’ve been so excited to show you a project! Hoping you love this repurposed pallet coffee cup rack as much as I do! I sure did have fun making it.
When I started this project, I couldn’t remember if I got this pallet at Home Depot or Target. However looking at the picture, I now know where I got it. Orange! It’s a small pallet, and I feel certain that it must be heat treated, not chemically treated. Looking at the date on the image, I’ve had this pallet for exactly a year!
By the way, would you believe this is my very first pallet project? I set the pallet up on my jawhorse so I could sand the boards. Realizing that some of it is in pretty bad shape, I decide that it might be best if I take it apart and sort of reconfigure it.
I have this great new tool, called a Deck Wrecker. I got it off of Amazon. Actually I bought it to help me dismantle old fence sections. Using it on this small pallet was so darn easy!
The Deck Wrecker took all the boards apart without a single busted board. I tapped the nails through, and removed them with a hammer.
If you would love to see the Deck Wrecker in action be sure to check out my video post "how to dismantle pallets"
I removed the nails and saved them, so I can keep the pallet’s integrity when I reassemble it. I trimmed the boards down to about 36”, removing both original ends on each board.
After sanding the boards again on all sides and edges, I gave them a coat of Minwax Dark Walnut on all sides.
Reassemble The Pallet Coffee Cup Rack
To reassemble the coffee cup rack pallet, I used staples for the two boards on the back of the pallet. (they wouldn’t be visible on my project.
For the boards on the front, I drilled pilot holes and used the original nails.
I made a stencil in my Silhouette program. You can see that I used “STENCIL” font at a size of about 230. The stencil was right about 34” long. I cut the first 2 lines, then I moved them off the template, and cut the last line and the coffee cups.
NOTE: I add a box around all of my text to make it have straight edges, making it easier to apply evenly on the boards.
I cut this stencil out of contact paper with my blade on #2, and the thickness setting on 4.
Stencil: All You Need is Love & a Strong Cup of Coffee
So, I did a couple of live videos on Periscope showing how I do the stenciling for signs. I edited 3 videos to show how I remove the backing, place the stencil, THEN weed out the letters.
Using the box around each of the lines of text is the key to making this work so easily. I just rip the contact paper down those lines.
You can see I used painter’s tape to mark the edge, so that when I have the stencil in my hands, it will be easy to center.
I lay the contact paper upside down, and peel the backing away. Then I place the stencil down on the board.
I use Martha Stewart foam pouncers for all of my stenciling projects.
I purchased an image in the Silhouette online store to add to my coffee cup rack.
Here’s the video. I hope it helps you to think about the way you stencil. This way really makes stenciling so easy.
Check out how I did the Periscope video with my phone clamped with a tri-pod and a large bar clamp. What I learned—I should have had it clamped to something other than my wobbly work table.
Adding Hooks to Coffee Cup Rack
Since I didn’t have any black hooks, so I spray painted some nickel ones with Krylon ColorMaster.
I was so excited to finish my first pallet project, I hung it on the fence to take a picture to share with my friends!
I absolutely LOVE how this project turned out. I’m itching to find another great pallet to do my next project. Those who know me well—know a little secret about me. I do NOT drink coffee!
I would love for you to pin this project so that others will see how easy it is to do these large stenciled signs.
Be sure to check out the coffee station that prompted me to do this pallet coffee cup rack!
If you are a coffee lover, you will also love these easy cabinet door coffee signs.
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I'm a newbie at all of this. Can you enlighten me on the stencil program? Do you have a way of printing onto contact paper or do you trace the images onto contact paper? Then, are you cutting around each letter and design from that program to get each letter? I'm thinking there is no way I'm sure-handed enough to do this.
I have a machine that cuts out stencils and vinyl lettering. I have a Silhouette, but there are also Cricut machines that do the same thing.
Silhouette usually has really big black friday sales, or you could check on Amazon.
May I ask what kind of paint you used?
I used Behr wall paint. I use it on most of my projects.
Thank you for the info.
Love this project! Gotta go find my first pallet too.
Yes! you must. It's so much fun.
Freezer paper makes great stencils, cut your stencil, iron it on using low heat, let paint dry peel off reusable up to 5 times.
Yep, I don't use freezer paper. I love using the contact paper. Thanks for your input.
I really like your creative coffee station from a pallet. Funny thing-I don't drink coffee either, I will have tea or hot chocolate any day of the week, though.
Thanks for sharing your work!
Thanks for stopping by to check out my pallet projects! 🙂 Happy Tuesday to you!
Gail, love this pallet project! I see it was your first one, how many have you done since? It's addicting! I need to play around with my silhouette machine more, this got me really itching to get it out! Love your work!
I've only done about 3 pallet projects, but I do a lot of reclaimed fence projects. 🙂
I love making stencils with my Silouette Portrait.
Let me know if you have any questions about the stenciling.
Great project! I love the dark stain! Perfection!!!
Once you do one pallet you'll be hooked. You'll see pallets everywhere, you'll dream of pallets, pallet wood will show up in every project...OK, maybe that's just me. I knew I liked you, I'm not a coffee drinker either.
I am so going to try to lay my vinyl stencil down first and then weed out the letters. Usually Im using the transfer paper and that gets expensive! I'm also going to try contact paper for my stencils. I've been buying a stack of vinyl and using the colors I don't like for stencils... also expensive! Thanks for the great tips!
Jeanie @ create&babble
That's two more things we have in common: I've never worked with a pallet before and I don't drink coffee either! Wait, three: I love this coffee cup rack - nicely done! FOUR: I love making stencils with my Silhouette ; ) I think a need a deck wrecker thingie now.
Wendi @ H2OBungalow
Gail...that is a fun project and thanks so much for the tutorial! I've wanted to try making stencils with my Silhoutte for the longest time and didn't know to change the setting on the blade.
So much to say in this comment..... you have a fine look pallet both before and after, I can't believe it's your first project (trying to think myself if I have any) and this deck wrecker thing, I think my husband needs that since he's forever pulling apart boards.
I was lucky to come across the perfect pallet a year ago....it was just waiting for a purpose.
I haven't done a fence or anything else with that deck wrecker, but I loved how it didn't split any of these boards.
This is so great Gail, and yay you finally did a pallet project! That deck wrecker is super cool, and great tips for periscope too! It is fun to watch the video, we stencil a little different, I will have to try your version sometime! Love it!
doreen @ Altered Artworks
You had me at love & coffee. Great job, and great tips! [pinned]
Thanks for pinning Doreen! 🙂
What a wonderful project! It goes so well with the coffee bar!!!
Thanks for the video--I needed that!!!
Pinned! This is a great project for some of our wood scraps. Awesome!
Thank you Nova! I guess it will find a new home at Glendale this year. 🙂
Julie @ follow your heart woodworking
It's great, I think most coffee drinkers would want one just like it. I can't believe you've never used a pallet before!
first pallet... I know!! I've just never had a reason before. 🙂
Gail, this is awesome. I just found a small cabinet to use as a coffee station and have been on the look out for something to hang above it. This would be perfect. Thanks!
Thanks so much Kathy! I'm so happy to inspire you! I'm glad I needed a project to hang over my coffee station (that I'm blogging about tomorrow)
I love it!! It is so cute. LOOKS so easy. YOU ROCK! Gail
Thank you Mary. I love easy projects that fill in the time between the biggies!
chris aka monkey
gail i do drink coffee and i would love to have this hanging on my wall your 1st pallet project is a hit with me ... pinned xx
I appreciate you pinning Chris!